Roaringly Funny And Honest
What Happens Now? By Sophia Money-Coutts is a very
upbeat contemporary novel about the highs and lows of pregnancy. I really
enjoyed this honest look at life through the eyes and mind of a single thirty
one year old named Lil.
The book opens with a pregnancy test and ends
after delivery. The reader ‘travels’ the nine months with Lil. We see her take
on situations as she asks the questions all mums-to-be want to ask. Written in
the first person the reader becomes intimately acquainted with Lil. I loved her
down to earth manner that contrasted with those around her in the birthing
What Happens Now? Was not just about pregnancy, it
was about good friends, work colleagues and family. Not all families are made
up of the traditional mum, dad, two children and a dog but the families are
made up of love.
The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa is a
fascinating and powerful contemporary and historical novel that is based on
facts, surrounding the voyage of the St Louis from Hamburg to Cuba in 1939. It
is a dark period of history and the story is one I did not know. It is a story
that needs to be told in memory of the passengers.
The novel is set in 1939 (moving forwards) and
2014. It is about life and love and loss. It is set in Berlin, on board the St
Louis, in Cuba and New York City. It is about a shared history and inheritance.
We need to know our past to be able to plot our present and future.
Being Jewish in Germany in 1939 was terrible, a
time of persecution, horror and terror. Death was a daily occurrence. When hope
was offered it was seized. The Jewish people found few willing to help them but
life and birth and death still went on.
Entertaining Yet Horrifying
The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken is a Christian
historical crime novel that has its base in fact. Angie Dicken has used her
imagination to weave her marvellous tale.
The book surrounds the topic of grave robbing
to serve medical advances. This was rife in the United States and England in
the nineteenth century. The tale is set in 1824. It was a horrific practice
from which the leaders of it became wealthy while the poor did the despicable
acts. The Yellow Lantern is part of
the True Colors Crime series.
There is the theme of trust. Trust does not
come easy when it is the wicked who wield the power.
Thank You For The Music
The Last Concerto by Sara Alexander is a marvellous
contemporary novel about the all consuming passion for music.
The novel opens in 1968 and moves forward
chronologically as we follow the life of a young pianist. The talent to create
music lay dormant until it was awakened and then music took over a life. The
desire and dream to create music takes the reader from Sardinia to Rome as we
follow the passion. Music is more than just playing notes, it is putting your
heart and soul into every piece. Music unites people.
Within the novel there are sacrifices to be
made. Relationships fracture as the desire to create music is not understood.